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Exchange ActiveSync (MobileSync) vs Good Old IMAP + SMTP

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Many years ago, it used to be that if you had a cell phone that had an email program included, you could configure using IMAP and SMTP to allow you to check email and send email…. just like how a desktop email program worked.

This is still the case, of course.  However, as far back as 1996, Microsoft introduced the first version of “ActiveSync”, a protocol designed to allow mobile devices supporting it to synchronize email, calendars, tasks, and contacts with Microsoft’s Exchange server.  ActiveSync has evolved over time, getting faster, offering support for use in every modern mobile device.  While ActiveSync was designed to work with the Exchange server, these days it also works with other non-Exchange services that can talk the “ActiveSync language,” e.g. LuxSci through its Mobile Sync service.

In general, ActiveSync is much better than using IMAP and SMTP, though there are a few small corner cases where IMAP may be better for you.  Below, we shall compare them from an end-user perspective … trying to shed some light on “which is better” from a practical point of view.

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When you must stay on top of your email — Push Email is Key

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Did you hear about the big sales opportunity?  Oh ya — that is so 27 seconds ago.

While this quotes a recently popular commercial for cell phone data speed, it does underline the increasing need for connectivity and the time sensitive nature of every day life and business.  Our customers need to get notices and emails as soon as possible.  The less delay, the better.

Many companies, like LuxSci with its MobileSync service, offer “Push Email” to address this need.

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MobileSync: Interview with David Boreham, CEO of Nuevasync

Friday, August 26th, 2011

MobileSync, LuxSci’s mobile device synchronization solution, which includes real-time synchronization of email, calendars, contacts, and tasks and works on all modern mobile devices, is made possible by a close collaboration between LuxSci and NuevaSync.  NuevaSync is a leader in providing ActiveSync-based synchronization solutions without Microsoft Exchange servers.

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